These include three-way air-to-water spray, ultrasonic cleaning equipment that removes deposits from the tooth surface and polishing, the WHO said in new guidelines.
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“The WHO guidelines recommend in cases of community transmission to give priority to urgent or urgent oral cases, to avoid or minimize procedures likely to generate aerosols, to give priority to a set of clinical interventions carried out using an instrument and of course delaying non-essential oral health care routine, ”said Benoit Varenne, a WHO dentist, during a press briefing.
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He added: “The likelihood of COVID-19 being transmitted by aerosols, microparticles or airborne particles… today I think it’s unknown, it’s at least questionable. This means that more research is needed. ”
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The WHO last month released general guidelines on transmission of the coronavirus that recognized some reports of airborne transmission, but did not confirm that the virus is spreading through the air.
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Dental facilities must have adequate ventilation to reduce the risk of the virus spreading in closed environments, he said on Tuesday.
“We believe that the most pressing issue relates to the availability of essential personal protective equipment, PPE, for all healthcare personnel who undertake or assist in clinical procedures,” Varenne said.
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